OCT 1-3 | WCA Executive Investment Summit and Family Office Forum 2017 | Marrakech

OCT 1-3 | WCA Executive Investment Summit and Family Office Forum 2017 | Marrakech

WCA Executive Investment Summit 2017

(featuring the 2nd Africa Family Office Forum)

October 1-3 | Four Seasons Marrakech


August 20 - Don't miss Early Bird Registration deadline, see WCA Newsletter for WCA/Wharton discounts


Join us at one of Africa’s most dynamic, differentiated, and high impact Pan-African executive summits now in its 4th year, with a unique track record of delivering tangible results for executives and investors. Engage with Africa’s leading Investors (from family offices, HNW angel investors, to innovative institutional capital), heads of family conglomerates, sector game-changers, executive decision-makers, and award-winning entrepreneurs for a truly unique, discrete, and highly targeted private Forum - moving beyond panels of trends/opportunities for serious deal-making, executive business intelligence, co-investments, and strategic partnerships in 2017/18.


Corporate Partners: The MacArthur Company (SFO), Sphere Management, Investment-One VenCap

Event Partners: Private Equity Africa, Family Office Council, Global Family Office Community, AfricaInvestor, MENA Private Equity Assn, Africa Business Angels Network, Africa Expert Network, EPEA, Marocaine Investisseurs en Capital, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Dubai | WCA Family Office & Executive Forum | Feb 21

Dubai | WCA Family Office & Executive Forum | Feb 21

Please Register Here by Feb 15 | Join us for this unique private forum co-hosted by WCA Family Office Network in partnership with InvestAfrica, MENA Private Equity Association, and Dubai Angel Investors. Forum is by invitation only to provide principals with common Africa business interests with forum to share their investment experiences, co-investments, and business intelligence for 2017. For: All Wharton/Penn alumni, Single and Multi-Family Offices, HNWI (incl. angel investors), venture capital, private equity, asset management, Industry Executives of Private Businesses (across sectors). | Cover: FREE (WCA Diamond Members) | US$50 (WCA Supporting Members) | US$85 (General). 

London Cocktails | Africa Private Equity Trek | Jan 13

London Cocktails | Africa Private Equity Trek | Jan 13

RSVP HERE | WCA Members and alumni in London come out and socialse with 15 student members interested in PE on final leg  of their 3rd annual Wharton Africa Private Equity Trek. | Host: Robel Chiappini WG'17 (WCA Vice President, Wharton Student Liason) | Venue: LIMA FLORAL, Garrick Street, Soho, WC2E | Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Nairobi | WCA Venture Capital Forum | Jan 31

Nairobi | WCA Venture Capital Forum | Jan 31

RSVP HERE - required (due to limited capacity)

Happy New Year 2017 - kick of the year with some great business and executive networking at Nairobi's premiere private business Club!

Join Co-Hosts (Adarsh Shah, CJ Bak), WCA Members, along with East Africa's leading Venture Capital investors & business executives for an evening of cocktails & canapes. 

Speakers: John Gachora WG'02 (Group CEO, NIC Bank) |  Duncan Onyango - Director, Acumen Fund; Board, East Africa Venture Capital Assn

Time: 6pm-9:30pm | Cover: WCA Members (Free), Non-Members (KES 2,800) | Venue: Nairobi Capital Club

London | WCA Executive & Family Office Cocktails | Jan 23

London | WCA Executive & Family Office Cocktails | Jan 23

REGISTER/RSVP HERE - ASAP due to limited capacity!

Celebrate 2017 with executive networking over cocktails & canapes while enjoying beautiful panoramic views of London and river, with WCA/ WCUK members, and members of the Family Office Networks of WCA and Wharton Club UK.

Speakers: Antonio Zeno - Chairman, Zeno Group Investments | Afsane Jetha W'01- CEO & Managng Partner, Alta Semper Capital LLC

Co-Hosts: Sir Paul Judge WG'73 (WCA Exec Board), Lisa Lambie WG'98 (WCA), Tim Viles (Chair, Family Office Network WCUK)

Date: Monday, January 23 | Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm | Venue: Private Residence, Pimlico, SW1V | Cover: GBP 40 (Non-Members), GBP 25 (WCUK), Inclusive (paid WCA Members)

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Club regularly hosts fun Member Cocktails, as well as, Executive Speaker Forums across various Themes, attended by leading Africa executives, business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs.


These events are super easy for Club to organise ...just need venues! Have a local venue for 20-80 persons (depending on location)? Please e-mail with suggested venue, date, your mobile, and team will call you. Club organises and covers all other logistics, F&B, AV, communications, et al


Since Jan 2013, the Club has hosted 40 such events attended by over 1,700 (excl. summit):

Africa: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Douala, Johannesburg, Kampala, Kigali, Lagos, Lusaka, Nairobi, Port Louis

Middle East & Asia: Beijing, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuwait City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore

Europe & ROW: Geneva, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Washington DC, Zurich


Special Thanks to Corporate Partners to date: HSBC Africa, Tata Communications, Saffrey Champness, McKinsey, Dentons, Credit Suisse, Bain & Co, Simba Corporation, Ernst & Young (Middle East)




Webinars are one of the easiest platforms for networking and sharing valuable business intelligence, enabling a wide cross section of Members from across Africa and rest of world with common Africa business interests to connect efficiently for an hour from your desk!


Interested in hosting or being a speaker for a Club Webinar? please e-mail

WCA's technical team facilitates webinar logistics, all you need to do is provide presentation/content (or forgo presentation for a roundtable discussion), and just dial-in for dynamic engagement with attendees


WCA Webinar Topics have included:

Private Equity in Africa, Nigeria Investment Environment, Agribusiness, Power Deregulation, Investment Opportunities in Aquaculture & Infrastructure, Legal Considerations for Private Equity Investments


Special thanks to Webinar Contributors to date: 

Lamia Boutaleb, Aladdin El-Afifi, Byan McCoy, Ed Klinger, Teddy Ngu, Shiru Mwangi, Serge Amissah, Amaechi Ndili, Udochi Nwogu, Lolu Adubifa, Femi Ogunjimi, Kudzayi Hove, Ayo Oluokun, Andrei Ugarov, and others



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Investor Deal Forum (IDF) was one of the 1st programs launched by Club to share member Investor Profiles, as well as, to present strategic, direct, fund, and entrepreneurial investment opportunities to Investors across sectors ... from angel investing to private equity.


Investor Deal Forum has 4 components:


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Upcoming WCA Family Office & Executive Forum  ... DUBAI 21 February 2017


The Family Office community is one of the oldest, largest, and most active long term strategic and financial investor bases across Africa; from angel investors, funding venture capital, private equity co-investments, to running family-owned conglomerates.


The Club regularly hosts Africa Family Office Dinners and functions to facilitate business intelligence and networking within the WCA Family Office Network including for Africa co-investment opportunities. Functions are attended by single family offices, multi-family offices, HNW investors, members of WCA Family Office Network, and also WCA Diamond Plus Members.


Welcome to the WCA Family Office Network!

WCA’s Family Office Network consists of those based in African countries, as well as, international family offices investing in Africa. WCA Family Office Network is inclusive of non-alumni family offices. Lauren Cochrane WG'09 is Co-Chair of the WCA Family Office Network. If you are a single family office, multi-family office (excl. financial advisors), or a HNW investor - to join network please e-mail .


Special Thanks to past Speakers incl: Sir Paul R. Judge, Board & Chairman (Past), Zeno Group Investments; CEO, Grupo Dominio Capital; COO, TY Danjuma Family Office Limited; CFO, TY Danjuma Family Office Limited; CEO, Alta Semper Capital LLP; CEO, Family Office Council; Director, Boka Family Office; Chairman, Hersov Family Office; Mr. Kola Karim; Partner, Arabica Investments; Director, Fleming Wulfsohn Africa; MD, Sumaria Group; MD, Schulze Global Investments; MD, MLG Family Office; Director, Al-Nahdi Investment Co.

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WCA resumes its exciting Investor Roadshow series with upcoming:


Morocco Investor Roadshow | April 26-27 | Registration opens Jan 2017

  • Investor Roadshow for Casablanca & Marrakech
  • Schedule of Company-Investor Meetings, Site Visits, CEO breakfasts, and Investor Deal Forum with private Morocco companies, funds, and entrepreneurs facilitating investment opportunities and local strategic partners
  • Registration open for both WCA Members & non-Club Investors

WCA previously lead a delegation of 20 WCA CEO Members & Africa CEOs for the Asia-Africa Investor Roadshow and the Middle East-Africa Investor Roadshow. Roadshows were over 7 weeks including Investor breakfasts, dinners, Investor Forums for presentation of company specific “investor-ready” investment opportunities, as well as, a day schedule of 200+ investor meetings over period. Cities visited were Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Mumbai, Muscat, Riyadh, Shanghai, and Singapore.


Special Thanks to past Roadshow Partners: Tata Communications, Bain & Co., Ernst & Young (Middle East), Simba Corporation, Wharton Club of the Middle East, Wharton & Penn Alumni Clubs (Hong Kong, Singapore, Delhi, Beijing)




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WCA Executive Leadership & Africa Investor Awards is an exciting feature of annual WCA Summits, with candidates nominated and voted on by Summit Delegates of up to 350 executive leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs during Summit registration online, and during the Summit (for the Summit Game-Changers Award).


WCA is proud that the WCA Awards Program is truly democratic and representative - differing from many other award programs where nominees and winners are simply selected by a committee.


(Awarded by delegates to Summit speakers/delegates who had the most impact at Summit)

Dr. Manu Chandaria OBE EBS - Chairman, Chandaria Group of Companies
H.E. Ahmed  Shide – State Minister of Finance & Economic Development, Ethiopia

Vimal Shah OBS – Group CEO, Bidco Africa

Tonye Cole - Co-Founder & CEO, Sahara Group of Companies
Ali Mohammed – Head of Africa, Qatar Financial Authority

H.E. Shuaibu Ahmed - Nigeria Ambassador to Qatar
Louis Tay Heng Hock - Managing Director, Surbana Intl
Zoyo Zhao - President, U-Ton Intl (China U-Ton Holdings) 
Bourgelie Ampion - Founder, Lexa Intl (Hong Kong)

Akon Lighting Africa, Atlas Mara & Mara Group,  ECP, Helios Investment Partners,

Oando Plc, Sahara Group, Tony Elumelu Foundation


Samba Bathily - Co-Founder, Akon Lighting Africa (Most Impactful Leader 2015)

Bethlehem Tilahun - Founder, SoleRebels & Republic of Leather (Entrepreneur & Innovator)

Eleni Gabre-Madhini - Founder, Eleni Exchanges (Africa’s Woman Trailblazer Lifetime Award)

James Mworia - Group CEO, Centum Investments (Africa’s Executive Leader & Game-Changer)

Tonye Cole for Sahara Group of Companies

Alhaji Aliko Dangote - Chairman, Dangote Group

Adil Popat - Group CEO, Simba Group

Ngozi Dozie -  Partner, Kaizen Venture Partners

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Venture Capital & Angel Investing:  for Africa Entrepreneurs with firms (Years 1-5), majority owned by full-time management, operations domiciled in Africa, serving an Africa market, with "investor-ready" investment opportunities seeking strategic partners, management mentors, and investment capital of US$50K+.


Competition is held during annual WCA Summit presenting to Summit Investors and Panel of Venture Capital Investor Judges.


Past Winners

Chike Maduegbuna - CEO, Fans ConnectOnline

Frederik Obasi - Co-Founder, Study Search





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The Club is delighted to regularly support the following initiatives:

  • Co- sponsorship of Wharton MBA & Lauder information sessions in Africa to support admissions/recruiting
  • Facilitation of jobs for Wharton MBA students for summer internships and full time positions
  • Student led Wharton Africa Business Forum held in Philadelphia
  • Other student initiatives, e.g. Africa Private Equity trek, et al.

In 2015 and 2016, WCA was also excited to spread the word on the launch of the Lauder Africa Program! and sponsored and co-hosted information sessions in Nigeria, Ghana, and Ethiopia.


Please contact Robel Chiappini WG'17 (WCA Vice President, Wharton/Lauder Student Liason) at , with your ideas, questions, and to lend your support - thank you!





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The Club's commitment to supporting education and career advancement extends beyond Club’s networking/business activities, Alumni Job Postings, WCA-Wharton/Lauder admissions recruiting ... with active WCA support for local community career advancement and education initiatives – including for children, pre-university, and local Africa unversity graduates ... maybe future applicants to Wharton?


This has included / includes:

  • Free attendance in 2013-2016 for local university students at the annual Executive Summit facilitating networking for jobs and intellectual exchange
  • WCA Internships which led to full time positions for WCA interns including at Standard Bank
  • Support for local Entrepreneurs in accessing mentors, media exposure, and raising venture and angel investment capital
  • Facilitation to Tony Elumelu Foundation in expanding community network in Nairobi in support of 2013 entrepreneurship program
  • Africa Art Auction in support of entrepreneurs and emerging artists
  • Fundraising in 2016 in support of the Ethiopian Childrens Fund which provides education, nutrition, and primary healthcare to ages 6-18 through its schools and community programs.


In 2016, the Club also launched the WCA MBA Scholarship Program to provide incremental financial support for Wharton / Lauder Admits from Africa.